Happy Year of the Dragon 2012!

Enter The Dragon!(source: besar bears)

So I must admit that I didn’t know much about the Chinese New Year prior to writing this. However I do love Chinese food so one year I was able to visit a Chinese restaurant on the day of the Chinese New Year. It was awesome. They had so many wonderful decorations. Unfortunately places around here no longer do that. So I thought I’d have some Chinese New Year fun online.

Gong Xi Fa Chai ~ Happy Chinese New Year(source: prayitno)

The Chinese New Year is the Spring Festival. On Chinese New Year’s Eve families gather for an annual reunion dinner. After dinner they use firecrackers. Chinese New Year traditions include cleaning and decorating your house prior to the holiday and giving each other presents on the day of. Families often dress in new red clothing. This means that you will have more than enough to wear and use in the new year.

Year of the Dragon(source: Dominique Falla)

2012 is the Year of the Dragon. The dragon is considered much revered. The dragon was considered a king because he was made up of parts of other animals like an eagle, snake, tiger and fish.

Lion Dancers(source: Loren Javier)

The year of the dragon is the fifth in the Chinese zodiac cycle. It follows the rabbit and happens every 12 years. Previous years of the dragon include 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988 and 2000. If you were born in the year of the dragon you are considered to be wise, innovative, brave and powerful. You are also considered to be sarcastic and short tempered. Dragons are often solitary.

Dragon Dance(source: Paula Steele)

Many believe that loud drumming and cymbals combined with the face of a dragon or lion dancing aggressively can get rid of evil spirits.

Check It Out:
Chinese New Year: the best events from Hong Kong to Beijing
Nian Gao Recipe-Fish Shaped-(Chinese New Year Cake)

Sources:
Chinese New Year on Wikipedia
The Year of the Dragon
The Dragon

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